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FULLERTON, Calif. – History was made at Titan Tennis Courts on Saturday as Cal State Fullerton produced a 6-1 victory over UC Irvine and set the program record for wins in a single-season.
The Titans are now 16-3 in the regular season with three matches remaining before the Big West Championship.
In addition, Cal State Fullerton is an undefeated 5-0 in Big West play, second in the league standings trailing Long Beach State (13-4, 6-0 BWC).
The Titans' win against the Anteaters also snapped a 20-match losing streak to UC Irvine (3-13, 1-3 BWC) which dated back to 1998.
For the 15th time this season, Cal State Fullerton won the doubles point to claim a 1-0 lead.
Camille De Leon and Alexis Valenzuela defeated Andrea Duva and Vivien Dvali, 6-0, at the top of the doubles order to extend their winning streak to five matches as well as improve their overall record to 12-1.
In singles action, Pham put Fullerton ahead 2-0 as she overpowered Duva, 6-1, 6-0 at the bottom of the order. The Irvine native is on a three-match win streak with a 13-4 singles record.
Valenzuela pushed Fullerton's lead to 3-0 as she moved past Gong, 6-0, 6-3, at the top of the order. The West Covina, Calif., native is on a five-match win streak with a 14-3 singles record.
Fullerton suffered a loss at No.2 singles as UCI closed, 3-1, but freshman Masako Makiba clinched the match-winning fourth point with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Mazy Watrous at No. 5 in the order.
At No. 4 in the lineup, De Leon came from behind to defeat Stephanie Hazell, 5-7, 6-0, 6-0, as the co-captain is now 14-5 in singles action.
Fullerton's sixth and final point came from freshman Karla Portalatin's marathon, 6-3, 4-6, 11-9, victory over Taylor LeFridge at No. 3 in the singles lineup. The rookie is on a team-leading seven-match win streak and boasts a 15-4 record.
The Titans will play their final two home matches of the year next week, hosting Cal Poly at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9 No. 65 UC Santa Barbara at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 10.
Fullerton concludes the regular season at Long Beach State on Friday, April 15.
Tennis Match Results
UC Irvine vs Cal State Fullerton
Apr 02, 2016 at Fullerton, Calif.
(Titan Tennis Courts)
Cal State Fullerton 6, UC Irvine 1
1. Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Gong, Sarah (UCI) 6-0, 6-3
2. Dvali, Vivien (UCI) def. Sarah Nuno (CSF) 6-2, 7-6 (3-0)
3. Karla Portalatin (CSF) def. LeFridge, Taylor (UCI) 6-3, 4-6, 11-9
4. Camille De Leon (CSF) def. Hazell, Stephanie (UCI) 5-7, 6-0, 6-0
5. Masako Makiba (CSF) def. Watrous, Mazy (UCI) 7-5, 6-3
6. Danielle Pham (CSF) def. Duva, Andrea (UCI) 6-1, 6-0
1. Camille De Leon/Alexis Valenzuela (CSF) def. Duva, Andrea/Dvali, Vivien (UCI) 6-0
2. Masako Makiba/Karla Portalatin (CSF) vs. Hazell, Stephanie/Watrous, Mazy (UCI) unfinished
3. Sarah Nuno/Danielle Pham (CSF) def. Gong, Sarah/Hall, Ashlynn (UCI) 7-5
UC Irvine 3-13, 1-3 BWC
Cal State Fullerton 16-3, 5-0 BWC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,2,5,4,3)